Saturday, September 17, 2016

Day 1 of Rome/Old Forge Trip (September 13 2016)

Mike agreed to let me use his cabin at DELTA LAKE BIBLE CONFERENCE for three nights: The nights of September 13, 14 and 15th.  Leslie agreed to join me there.

I left Lockport around 12:30 and headed east.  I took the thruway most of the way.  I stopped at a few plazas along the thruway to use the bathroom and walk around a bit and look at the map. I stopped to take one picture: This park is new and I hope to spend some time there someday.  It can be accessed from the thruway.  It was not open today
I and arrived at the cabin around four thirty p.m.   I settled in, and removed one of the shutters from the porch window in order to let in some daylight.  Just as I was getting ready to call Leslie to find out where she was, my phone rang and it was her.  She said she had taken a detour and was lost, but she thought she was about twenty minutes away.  We agreed to meet at the NICE and EASY (a large convenience store) a couple miles south of the cabin on 26.  I think she arrived around six p.m.  I suggested she buy something for her supper since I was on the BRAT diet for obvious reasons.  She got herself a steak and cheese sandwich.

She followed me to the cabin and got settled in.  We were both tired from our drives, so we stayed in and relaxed and read that evening.  We talked about what we might do the next day.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Day Two of Rome/Old Forge Trip (September 14, 2016)

Leslie and I headed towards Old Forge early this morning.  Our first stop was to find BLUE LINE geocache, at the entrance to the Adirondack Park.
   This was number 999 for me!  

The next one we parked at would have been ONE THOUSAND, but I refused to climb up that steep hill (full of bushes, shrubs, weeds and small trees) so we moved on.  After a couple of DNFs we got to  THEN/FORGE at the entrance to an interesting looking trail in Old Forge.  So, this one was my ONE THOUSANDTH!!!!!  This is the entrance to the Tobie Trail where it is hidden.  
Luckless made this event really special for me.  She made a sign 
and took this picture.  She wrapped up
a miniature golden ammo can that she painted herself
in a series of boxes from small to large. 

In the Village of Old Forge, we went to the Town of Webb Museum (could not find the cache there) and then drove to Eagle Bay 
At a Visitors Center, a woman told me how to find Uncas Road so that we could find the trail to Ferd's Bog.  This is a beautiful trail, but its very rugged and I had to give up after a short walk in.  Leslie continued to the boardwalk where the geocache was hidden, but unfortunately her GPS had lost the coordinates so she could not find it.  She was very disappointed.   I took a few pictures.  

After Ferd's Bog, we continued on Route 28 to the colorful village of Inlet.  We really did not do anything there but I took a few pictures.  

the museum was not open

this is MARY'S PLACE where Mary O'Connor and I stayed eight years ago.  Mary's bakery was, unfortunatey, closed as was her gift shop.

Then we turned around and headed back west on 28.  We drove back through Eagle Bay and then back to Old Forge.  We stopped at the Old Forge Hardware Store, which is not as interesting as it used to be.  I remember it as being a huge, old fashioned hardware store, but now it is more like a gift shop. 
Once we were out of the Adirondack Park, while crossing a river (Moose?) I noticed some huge old remains on the west side of the river.  I decided to try to get to them by turning left on the next road.  That did not work, but we did see this great old building, which looks like a former railroad depot
We continued on the way back towards Rome, going through Boonville.

As we approached the cabin, I suggested we find one or two more geocaches before calling it a day. (We had been disappointed to only find three in the Adirondacks).  We stopped at Lee Town Park and found one. 
and then we found one in a very old cemetery.   
I suggested looking for one more, but Leslie said no to that since it was starting to get dark.  Total finds for the day only FIVE.    We went back to the cabin and relaxed for the rest of the evening.  I think I downloaded my days pictures to my computer.  

DAY 3 of Rome/Old Forge Trip (Sept. 15, 2016)

After an extremely long and exhausting day yesterday, I suggested to Leslie that we try to make today shorter.  We got ready and headed out.  We found a few geocaches in the Rome area, including one at a really neat cemetery, the LINK CEMETERY on Link Road.

and one hidden at Griffis Air Force Base on a huge bomber:  
We headed up the west end of Delta Lake towards Delta Lake State Park, but along the way we decided to stop at the Rome Fish Hatchery. 

It was very interesting.  Leslie took this opportunity to eat her lunch at one of their picnic tables (I had been eating crackers and pretzels off and on in the car all morning).   

We got into the state park free since it was off season.  Leslie asked for a map.  She is doing challenge geocaches in the New York State Park.  The first few were easy, and then we came to two more difficult ones.  I sat those out while she looked.  I took a brief nap which revived me.

We drove back to the other end of the lake but did a bit of exploring on the way.  We went up to the NICE AND EASY so Leslie could get something for supper and I used their wifi to program in a few of the geocaches we found.  

After getting back to the camp, we decided to take a walk down to the beach.  We sat on the beach for a while and talked
This day indeed was shorter and easier than the day before but I was still worn out and read for a while before turning my light out at about eight thirty p.m.

Day Four of Rome/Old Forge Trip

Leslie and I packed up and cleaned the cottage and headed out on our separate ways.

I stopped in Verona to go to a church garage sale and took this picture of the old hotel across the street from the church:
I continued on and got on the thruway for a short period and then I got off and drove on 5 and 20.  In West Bloomfield, I noticed an interesting small cobblestone building that has been made into a shop
so I stopped and went in.  They have been open two months, it is a very nice place.  I asked the owner (Todd Campbell) about old cemeteries in the area and he pointed me in the direction of the PIONEER CEMETERY right there in West Bloomfield.   I took several pictures.

This cemetery is no longer active.

I continued on 20 for a while and decided to head north at LeRoy and get back on the thruway.  

I arrived home around four p.m.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

LOCKPORT UNITED: Memorial Ceremony, Sunday September 11, 2016

This event was held at the Lockport Municipal Building at two p.m. today.  The American Legion put out a flag for each person who perished fifteen years ago today.  I went early this morning to take pictures before the crown arrived.

David and Peggy came to my place for lunch (pork ribs, mac and cheese, corn and bread pudding for desert).  We met up with Betty at city hall.

We also honored our FIRST RESPONDERS.   Mike represented the Lockport Police Department.  The ceremony was very good.  They offered THANKS TO LOCKPORTS FIRST RESPONDERS t-shirts for sale for five dollars each.  I bought two.

My conplete set of pictures can be seen here:

Saturday, September 10, 2016

2016 Orleans County Heritage Festival: September 10, 2016

I am not sure where or how I heard about this three day event but I already had plans to go to Lewiston for the peach festival, so I did not plan on going.  I told Peggy about it, though, and she wanted to go and suggested I cancel my first plans so she and I could go to this event together.  David decided he wanted to accompany us.  I met them at their house and we headed towards Albion. Along the way we saw this:
  Our first official stop for the festival was at WATT FARM COUNTRY MARKET and the UNION CEMETERY, which is on their property.  

We got our badges and our first two ribbons here.  And then it was on to the Albion branch of Genesee County Community College for Death, Mourning and Justice in Orleans County. We did two events there: visiting the reproduction of a Victorian at home funeral
and listened to a speaker who talked about three famous area crimes.

And then we located the Orleans County Court House
and signed in for the 1:30 tour.  We had a few minutes to spare before the walking tour started so we walked around the Main Street area a bit.   I noticed this ghost sign.

The tour was great!  We got to into three churches, The Catholic Church, the Pullman Universalist Church and the First Presbyterian Church.  Here are a few pictures:

  After the tour, we headed back towards Middleport.  We stopped at the Amish Bulk Food Store along the way. 

My complete set of pictures can be seen here:

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Supper with Betty and Peggy

Peggy, Betty and I met at Molinaro's for supper.  It was very good  Then Betty and I walked down to the police station for the event honoring first responders.  We had a piece of cake and talked with the legionnaires for a while before walking back to our cars.  We stopped at the YWCA and looked at  a monument/memorial to the buildings use in the underground railroad.